July 13-29, 2018

FACULTY & GUEST ARTISTS

Festival Napa Valley regularly brings some of the most renowned musicians from around the world to the Napa Valley each year.  Academy musicians will perform alongside faculty members in orchestral and chamber music performances. For a full list of past performers for the festival, click here. 

 

2018 Faculty, Clinicians and Performers include:

Strings

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and has frequently been a featured artist at Festival Napa Valley.

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Alexei Bruni

Alexei Bruni

Russian National Orchestra Concertmaster Alexey Bruni represents one of Russia's most brilliant artistic dynasties, a family which arrived in Russia in the eighteenth century and traces its ancestry to fourteenth century Italy. A featured violinist in festivals and concert halls around the world, Bruni has been entrusted with the first performance of many compositions. A prolific poet, he has published a collection of verses and poems.

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Raimund Lissy

Raimund Lissy

Born in Vienna in 1966, Raimund Lissy began violin lessons at the age of four. Later he studied with Thomas Kakuska at Wiener Musikhochschule and with Alfred Staar. After some seasons with the orchestra of the Arena di Verona he joined the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. In 1991 Raimund Lissy became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year he took over the position of assistant principal second violins; since 1993 he has been principal of the second violins.

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Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton is Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the Nathan Milstein Scholarship recipient.

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Kay Stern

Kay Stern

Kay Stern is the Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, a position she has held since 1994. She served as assistant to Dorothy DeLay at the Aspen Music Festival, assistant to the Juilliard Quartet at the Juilliard School and held faculty positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Music Academy of the West. She has taught and coached at various music festivals around the world and been in residence at Wellesley College and San Diego State University.

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Ekaterina Tsareva

Ekaterina Tsareva

Violinist Ekaterina Tsareva began performing as a soloist while still a student at the Moscow State Conservatory. Before joining the RNO in 2003, she held positions with the Russian State Symphonic Orchestra "Young Russia," the Metro Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the New Russia State Symphonic Orchestra, led by Yuri Bashmet.

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Tatiana Porshneva

Tatiana Porshneva

Violinist Tatiana Porshneva captivates audiences around the world. In 2003 Ms. Porshneva joined the Russian National Orchestra and soon thereafter was appointed Assistant Concertmaster. In this position she has worked with such eminent conductors and soloists as Mikhail Pletnev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Lazarev, Michel Plasson, Nikolaj Znaider and Joshua Bell.

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Sofia Lebed

Sofia Lebed

Violist Sofia Lebed has won more than a dozen international competitions, and is also an honoree of the Russian Performing Arts Fund and a participant in the Kronberg Academy, where she performed in an ensemble with Yuri Bashmet and Gidon Kremer.

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Olesya Gavrikova

Olesya Gavrikova

Cellist Olesya Gavrikova began studying music at the age of seven. When she was 14 she toured Russia and other countries as a member of the Children’s International Orchestra. More recently, she took part in the Unisa International String Competition (UAR) and the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition. 

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Gennady Krutikov

Gennady Krutikov

Gennady Krutikov, Assistant Principal Bass of the Russian National Orchestra, was a member of The 21st Century ensemble before joining the RNO in 1994. The second prizewinner at the 1995 Kussevitsky International Competition (Moscow), he regularly performs with chamber ensembles and as a soloist.

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Woodwinds

Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

An active soloist and chamber musician, Daniel Gilbert is on the faculty at the University of Michigan as Associate Professor of Clarinet, and has appeared at countless music festivals. He also also serves on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University. In addition, Mr. Gilbert is on the faculty of the Colorado College music festival and he holds the position of principal clarinet of the chamber orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, principal clarinet of the Classical Tahoe festival, principal clarinet of the Napa Music Festival and a clarinetist in Gerard Schwartz’s All Star orchestra. 

 
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Maxim Rubtsov

Maxim Rubtsov

Internationally acclaimed flutist Maxim Rubtsov has been called “miraculous,” “superb,” “absolutely impeccable” and “one of the best flutists of the Modern Age.”  Flute Talk magazine wrote that he is “an amazing performer who commands the audience’s attention from the moment he walks on stage.”  He is also one of Russia’s best musical ambassadors.

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Andrey Rubtsov

Andrey Rubtsov

Conductor Andrey Rubtsov was born in Moscow. In 2011 he graduated with top honors from the Royal Academy of Music. Andrey Rubtsov was an assistant to Donald Runnicles at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 2014-16 as well as Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Brass

Alexey Serov

Alexey Serov

Alexey Serov is Assistant Principal Horn with the Russian National Orchestra. He has since been a featured soloist with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Musica Viva chamber orchestra and others.

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Vladislav Lavrik

Vladislav Lavrik

Recognized for achievements in both classical and jazz performance styles, Vladislav Lavrik was appointed principal trumpet of the Russian National Orchestra at the age of 20, the youngest person to hold a principal chair in the history of the orchestra. He is one of the most talented musicians of his generation, is Russia’s finest trumpeter, and a rising young conductor. 

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Billy R. Hunter, Jr.

Billy R. Hunter, Jr.

A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Hunter is currently Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Before this, he was Principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, and has performed as Guest Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

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Percussion

Ilya Melikhov

Ilya Melikhov

Ilya Melikhov is co-principal percussionist of the Russian National Orchestra, a position he has held since 2013. He is an instructor at Moscow's Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and the Schnittke Institute of Music. As a member of the Gnessin Percussion Ensemble, he organizes and presents percussion performances for the annual International Brass Days Festival. 

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Conductors & Composers

John Corigliano

John Corigliano

The American John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, four Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award (“Oscar”) and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world.

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Michael Stern

Michael Stern

Conductor Michael Stern is embarking on his 13th season as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and 18th season as Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra.

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Joel Revzen

Joel Revzen

Joel Revzen is an award-winning conductor who leads symphony and opera performances throughout North America and Europe. His active recording career includes two releases with the London Symphony Orchestra, critically acclaimed versions of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Grammy-award winning The Art of Arleen Auger on which he is featured as both pianist and conductor.

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Andrey Rubtsov

Andrey Rubtsov

Conductor Andrey Rubtsov was born in Moscow. In 2011 he graduated with top honors from the Royal Academy of Music. Andrey Rubtsov was an assistant to Donald Runnicles at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 2014-16 as well as Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Vladislav Lavrik

Vladislav Lavrik

Recognized for achievements in both classical and jazz performance styles, Vladislav Lavrik was appointed principal trumpet of the Russian National Orchestra at the age of 20, the youngest person to hold a principal chair in the history of the orchestra. He is one of the most talented musicians of his generation, is Russia’s finest trumpeter, and a rising young conductor. 

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Martin West

Martin West

Martin West is acknowledged as one of the foremost conductors of ballet. In recent seasons, he has worked with many of the top companies in North America and Europe including New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and The Royal Ballet. West joined SF Ballet in fall 2005, having been a frequent guest since his debut two years earlier.

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